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starts right now. jon: and we begin with this fox news alert out of jerusalem. where a powerful explosion ripped through a crowded bus stop, a blast so strong it was heard throughout the city. more than two dozen people hurt. police are now searching for a suspect, seen leaving the area. it's the first terror attack in jerusalem in some seven years. we'll have much more on this breaking story in a live report coming up just minutes from now. a good wednesday morning to you, i'm jon scott. jenna: hi everybody, i'm jenna lee, we're live in the fox news room, "happening now", in the air and sea, warships patrolling off libya's coast, this as the u.s. gets ready to hand over control of the no fly zone
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to the alliance. whatever that alliance is. we don't know at this time. in the meantime pro car davi forces ratchet up attacks in an eastern city of that country, stopping rebel groups there, but the international air strikes continue and now we have reports that those attacks forced pro qaddafi forces to withdraw tanks from another rebel-held city in the west. a whole lot goes on there today, jon. jon: the libyan leader remains as defiant as ever, appearing from his compound in tripoli and vowing to win the historic battle. now there's word, though, that mommar qaddafi may be planning his exit strategy. secretary of state hillary clinton, weighing in on that on abc's "world news with diane sawyer". >> this is what we hear from so many sources, diane, it is a constanto. >> today? >> today, yesterday, the day before. some of it, i'll be very, you know -- it's my personal opinion -- some of it is theater. a lot of it is just the way
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he bee haves. it's somewhat unpredictable. but some of it, we think, is exploring, you know, what are my options, where could i go, what can i do and we encourage that. jenna: rick leventhal is live from benghazi, libya. rick. >> reporter: >> we've heard tough talk from cacafe -- qaddafi oppositions and their force and the motto is we resolve or die, and this may give you an idea of the rebel -- the firepower that the rebels are facing. this came from a cell phone that locals tell us belong to a libyan soldier who dropped it after firing his own rocket launcher, which he is are rockets on abzabiya. this appears to be rocket launchers, firing a barrage of rockets in close range.
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we've heard about yet another round of shelling coming from tanks and libyan soldiers in the city, and north of the city on rebel fighters gathered in the desert, the fighters continue to probe and those libyan army troops continue to return fire. we've heard about a number of dead and wounded in the couple of days in adjabiya and in misurata, as you know the attacks continue there as well and we're hearing about air strikes aimed at tanking out the gadhafi tanks and armour. jenna: you take a look at video and this question comes up time and tile again about who exactly the rebels are. we're hearing reports that a new government is starting to take shape. what with you kel -- what can you tell us about that? >> here in benghazi, it's the opposition strong hold, and they have been forming >> reporter: they have been forming this provisional council, a transitional government. they named a head to the government. he is just the beginning,
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according to the people we've spoken with. they are going to name cabinet members and eventually write a constitution and hold a free democrat ticky hrebgs. we spoke with a spokesman for this provisional council. he said that all of libya is united with one very noble goal. >> they have seen what extremists can do to countries in afghanistan and other countries. in libya we don't have different sebgts or identities. we are all libyans, one time of islam which is a very moderate time of islam and they would like to be democratics. >> reporter: and what we keep hearing is that the rebels are not rebels, they are revolution nare reese and united as a people against the sole enemy moammar gadhafi. jenna: a story we'll continue to watch. rick leventhal in libya. thank you. jon: turning now to the growing unrest inside the nation of
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yemen. thousands demonstrating there after parliament enacts laws to crackdown on unrest. terror experts say the threat to u.s. national security is growing. our national correspondent catherine herridge is live in washington. why such focus on yemen right now? >> reporter: congressional sources tell me that if the u.s. government's relationship with the government in yemen collapses or our relationship with the military intelligence services, what we're looking at potentially is what amounts to afghanistan on steroids. yemen is clearly on the britain, this morning the president has refused to step down, the parliament has given him broader powers of arrest and censorship as he is facing a growing number of opponents who demand he leave office. a military commander abandoned the president earlier this week. no clear transition of power. the senior senator described the
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worst case scenario to us this way. >> i fear that iran would have big influence in the north and al-qaida would dominate parts of yemen and have a safe-haven that would have to be dealt with eventually and lord knows we don't need another conflict. the question for our country is can we allow a safe-haven for al-qaida to exist. the answer to me is no. >> reporter: the point the senator is making that i've heard from other intelligence sources is what you have potentially in yemen is a safe-haven for two types of extremists groups, one that has a basis in iran and the other in al-qaida, jon. jon: that american cleric who is part of the al-qaida leadership in yemen, what about him. >> reporter: sources say to me he was born in new mexico and his group is set apart from others. he is an american, you see him there an has an incredible reach not only with people in western europe but specifically with people here in the united states. in the last year there have been
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at least half a dozen plots with direct ties to the american cleric. his group has been created a pwro*pl that uses nonmattel at explosives. that's what we saw with the cargo printer bombs and the attempted underwear bombing on christmas day in 2009. for these two reasons this group has set itself apart as one of al-qaida's affiliates. it has a base in yemen and with the loss of intelligence and military help for the united state it would only -- you can only conclude that this group's ability to operate and to grow will only increase. jon: catherine herridge live for us in washington. thanks,. jenna: another big story we're watching so closely this story in japan. a new set back in the efforts to stabilize the damaged nuclear plant. japan's nuclear safety agency says it doesn't know what it causing the black smoke to come
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from reactor number 3 there. the company that owns the plant did not detect a spike in radiation but ordered workers to leave the plant as a precaution. jon: radiation levels in tokyo's tapwater are twice the level recommended for infants, this comes as broccoli is added to the list of vegetables contaminated by radiation coming from the region. the crisis in japan turning into the world's most expensive disaster. it could cause $309 billion. a live report coming up from osaka, japan. jenna: today marks one year since the president signed the healthcare overhaul bill into law and potential gop candidates are using the anniversary to pitch their plan to fight it. former massachusetts governor mitt romney saying if he were president he would back waivers for the law for all 50 states. tim pawlenty is promising to repeal it.
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the 2012 campaign will be the first political test for president obama and his healthcare law. carl cameron live in washington with this stoeur re. how is healthcare going to play out for the president? >> reporter: it's going to be an incredibly important issue. every single election for an incumbent. as a consequence mr. obama finds himself potentially on defense for a law that he had promised people would begin to like by now. democrats argued very aggressively that once people saw what was in the law they'd begin to support it more aggressively and in fact the polls show the opposite. the latest gallop poll show support falling. 44% say it's bad, 46 say it's good. that is down from a year ago. and when folks are asked whether or not they think it will actually help healthcare a plurality say it's going to make
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it worse. 44% say healthcare reform as it's now the law will undercut healthcare, 3 39% say it will improve it. public support is eroding. jenna: a lot of politicians say, oh, we don't pay attention to the polls, we are not going to look too much at them. what about the republican field? what are they going to say about healthcare? how is it going to play for them? >> reporter: they look at the polls and they realize they are cheering against healthcare reform is actually doing them some service. perhaps no candidate besides mitt romney cares more about the healthcare law. he signed the law that has state healthcare in massachusetts and it's much like the plan the president got signed into lawment romney put out a statement that he would make waivers available to all 50 states effectively to opt out because in his argument one size
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shouldn't fit all and he has acknowledged that in some of what he passed in massachusetts he'd actually do differently now. for romney, so-called romney care in massachusetts is a liability potentially in the republican nam nation race but not so much in the general election going up against barack obama because some argued he'd have credibility to debate the issue with the president having passed it. you look at john huntsman who gave up his job as ambassador to china for the obama administration. he signed a law in utah for statewide insurance coverage that doesn't have mandates. his aids and what will soon be his campaign say that could be a feather in his cap in the general election. that is another tweak romney is facing from his opponents, even though people think huntsman is moderate and will have trouble winning the nomination. tim pawlenty put out a statement today and said obamacare is misguided and flawed, perhaps the worst bill in modern history
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as a consequence. he is arguing it has to be rephaoeld. the gop thinks the president's healthcare law is now an asset for them. jenna: it begins. there we go to 2012. carl cameron in d.c. jon: president obama taking a tough stand on libya, his action has plenty of critics saying his goals are not clear and the message is mixed. what is the obama doctrine. jenna: we have video of a tornado roaring towards homes forcing folks to run for cover. it's amazing. the destruction that the twister left behind. we are going to have that coming up. jon: the passing of a legend harris faulkner she passed away this morning in los angeles. a lot of you were online. any time you want more on the latest headlines you can go to and i'll show you how to find out more about liz taylor.
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click on her picture it's just beneath the top story. one of the really interesting things about this is that there is a slide show off to the left that you can click on, beautiful pictures, also a little bit from the statement from her son and some of her other children that are left behind. liz taylor age 79, dead today. ub learn moryou can learn more t we are coming right back, because if it's "happening now" you want to be with us. goals? you can with green giant frozen vegetables. over twenty delicious varieties have sixty calories or less per serving and are now weight watchers-endorsed. try green giant frozen vegetables with uce.
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jon: fox news alert for you out of jerusalem state run radio says a woman died from the bus stop bombing. the blast was heard throughout the city. two dozen people were hurt and police searching for a suspect last seen leaving the area. the first terror attack in jerusalem in some seven years. much more on this breaking story in a live report coming up minutes from now. jenna: right now this is wild weather across this country.
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the national weather service is investigating reports of at hrao*e five tornadoes in iowa. fast-moving storms dumping golf ball size hail and spinning off numerous funnel clouds, including this one 60 miles southwest of des moines. a twister touched down in iowa. severe storms hurled across central iowa. some of the damage in earlham, peeling off roofs and siding. no reports of injuries but serious weather the same. jon: america's role in libya is raising new questions about president obama's approach to foreign policy. deputy national security adviser ben rhodes explains why the u.s. is not acting alone again. >> i don't think taking a unilateral action with a far
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more broadly defined mission is in the interest of the united states. what is in our interests is working with the national community to stop an urgent humanitarian crisis and then working over time through a set of pressure tools with a broad coalition to increasingly isolate and put pressure on qaddhafi. jon: while in south america president obama discussed what he wants to come from this operation. >> this is an international effort that is designed to accomplish the goals set out in the security council resolution. we believe it's in the world's interest and even more importantly the libyan people's interest that qaddhafi steps down. jon: is a clear obama doctrineee emerging here? let's talk about it with a new york university professor. is it obama doctrine. >> i think it its.
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one pillar of it is that we get burden sharing from our allies so we don't have to carry most of the burden alone. the second pillar is that we balance our interests and ideals. that's why your earlier report on yemen, what we've seen on bahrain the united states is not weighing in in those place is because we have big fundamental interests at stake -fpblt in libya both our ideals and interests pint in the same direction. jon: if you're going to intervene in libya where moammar gadhafi was killing his own people why don't you do the same thing in bahrain where the same thing has happened. >> we have fundamental interests in bahrain. we don't want bahrain to become a shiite state aeu lied with or emerged with iran right there on the arabian peninsula the saudis certainly didn't want it that's why they moved troops in. jon: barack obama told the associated press back in 2007 he was referring to the iraq war.
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he says when you have a civil conflict like this military efforts and protective forces can play an important role especially if they are under an international mandate as opposed to simply a u.s. mandate. but you can't solve the underlying problem at the end of a barrel of a gun, there's got to be a deliberate and constant diplomatic effort. that was referring to iraq. what is different iffy rack versus libya. >> i think there is a deliberate and constant diplomatic effort. i suspect as the secretary of state hinted yesterday there are conversations going on from people in the libyan government about how they get rid of qaddhafi or where he could go. candidates say one thing, presidents have other responsibilities and i think of noriega in panama where george h.w. bush sent in the troops. what bill clinton did in the balkins. ronald reagan in grenada. presidents move when they think something important is at stake in the united states. i think that is what happened
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here. jon: a candidate and a president should be consistent in your messages shouldn't they. >> i don't know, george bush promised a humble policy, i don't think that's what we got. presidents have to react to the circumstances. at the end of o of the day herel though the president can't say it, we want regime change. the audience for that message is overseas. we pushed this coalition together so we're not going to say regime change. that's what we want. most members of the coalition understand that's what we want. if we don't get it that it will be very bad for this country, because libya will be a terrorist haven. jenna: warships enforce an arm's embargo off libya's coast. what role should the u.s. play in libya as far as our military? we are going to talk to former chairman of the joints chief of
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staff general richard myers next.
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jenna: "happening now" nato warships are controlling off libya's coast enforcing an arms embargo. air strikes where qaddhafi reportedly are firing on civilians there. the question we have is are we at war. the white house telling congressional leaders the answer is no. we are going to hand over control of this operation soon, maybe in the next few days. crossing our urgent wires now word that the u.s. has halted the use of tomahawk missiles. they cost $1.5 million each. our next guest says we need to
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clarify our goals. richard myers was the former joint chiefs of staff. general myers how would you define success in libya? >> clearly that is up to the coalition and the unite owed states to take the lead in defining success. as the professor said a minute ago, success is qaddhafi leaving and then some form of government taking hold there, hopefully a democracy. we are a long way i think from that particular goal. jenna: why are we so far away from that goal? >> well, part of it is i think all we see what is going on is of course the military effort, and in going back to president obama's, then senator obama's statement back in 2007 you showed in the last segment this requires all instruments of international power not just the military instrument. you would hope that there is a lot unseen going on in
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diplomatic circles trying to figure out what happens to qaddhafi, to his sons, are we talking to the opposition. will there be a plan of transition of gover government , so humanitarian crisis doesn't continue to spread. jenna: it looks like a war zone, it feels like a war zone, are we actually at war with libya. >> we are certainly in combat. i think you can say that. there is combat going on. the air crews that are participating in that and the ships that are participating in that you have to call that combat. whether or not we are technically at war with libya i think is something the legal scholars can figure out. jenna: a broader military question for you. we have talked a lot about the air strikes. now we hear these reports that qaddhafi is basically shrugging off the air strikes and still firing on his own people. do you think we'll get to the point where the air strikes are not enough that we are going to have to put boots on the ground there?
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>> i think it's very difficult, as qaddhafi's forces take the fighting to the cities as being reported in misrata right now, that it's very difficult for air power to have a decisive effect inside an urban environment if you don't have people on the ground to help direct that air power. i think it's a little bit problematic. ment no-fly zone seemed to have worked, the libyan air force is not bombing its own people right now. but it's probably not going to be sufficient to take out those that are apparently killing their own people in the third largest city there in libya. jenna: the next question is who do those boots belong to? that's been something we've talked a lot about over the last couple of days and the days moving ahead as the united states says they are going to hand off the lead to somebody else. who that somebody is we don't know. of the coalition that exists right now who do you trust most to take this over? >> i think we're talking all competent million tear reese
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when you're talking about the british, the french, the italians, nato in general, there are competent forces here. one of the good things we are going it is a multinational effort, a multinational coalition to include states from the gulf states and i think that is really important in this particular case. but who would put boots on the ground is a great question. i don't think anybody, at least i haven't heard that anybody in nato has agreed to do that. jenna: we are not to that point yet we should remind our viewers. we didn't know where we were going to be this week at this time. it's a rapidly changing situation. general myers thank you so much for your analysis and your insight today. >> thank you, jenna. jon: there are new problems to tell you about in iran, smoke is rising from one of the damaged reactors, forcing workers to leave that plant again. a live update from japan next. jenna: a few years ago she was little known, now bet that kneey
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jenna: the heartache continues in japan. there are now more than 9400 people confirmed dead, nearly 15,000 others missing. there appears to be no end in sight to the trouble there. black smoke rising from one of the damaged nuclear reactors, forcing workers out of that plant yet again. radiation levels in tokyo's drinking water are now double the level considered safe for infants to drink. but would you drink the water? we are getting a look at the human toll of this disaster as earthquake victims sift through the rubble of their homes form any personal items they can salvage, we should mention not only from the earthquake but from the tsunami. david piper is here with the latest. >> reporter: the black smoke is still pouring out of that fukushima plant. it's got so bad there that we u.n. that all the fire crews have now -- they won't get back
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to that plant now until the morning, and there is also a concern about that black smoke. they said now that anybody downwind of it should stay indoors, even if they are outside the 12-mile exclusion zone. great concern at this time. there is also a radiation scare in tokyo. they've detected a radioactive iodine in the tapwater there and they are saying it's dangerous for infants. the parents of toddlers are being told to stop using tapwater in baby powder milk. adults have been told that tapwater is still safe to drink. the u.s. defense secretary robert gates says he's concerned about radioactive fallout affecting the 55,000 u.s. military personnel here at this time, many of whom who are helping with the massive relief efforts to help the survivors of the quake and tsunami. the united states is the first nation to ban food imports from
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four prefectures around the nuclear plant and south korea could be following that lead any time now. jenna: david piper in japan. thanks. jon: for more on the growing are crisis in japan let's bring in james acton, a physicist, an associate in the nuclear program at the carnegie endowment, and a stanton university fellow. where do you think the black smoke is coming from? >> there was some speculation the other day that one of the fires in one of the reactors in unit 4 may have been caused by a lubricant fire and all this heavy machinery that sits in the nuclear reactorment that its is just speculation. i haven't heard reliable information on what might be causing that smoke. the fact that there is smoke billowing out of the reactor is clearly cause for concern. jon: the reports that there is
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radio activity in the tapwater in tokyo, that is 150 miles away. how do you get rid of that and can they. >> radio activity naturally decays and the particular form of radioactive substance that we are worried about roughly every eight days half of the material will decay. this is clearly a matter of concern, and people should follow the government's advice and not give their infants tapwater to drink, but if there is no more significant releases of radio activity from the plant, and there may or may not be, then the radioactive material in the water is going to decay away naturally. jon: i won't be giving it to my infant but i wouldn't be drinking it either. you've got to drink something there, right? >> well, what people have to understand, and, you know, it's very scary when you hear that there is radioactive material in the water supply. at very low levels, and this is what we're talking about here, then the real problem with being
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exposed to radiation for a prolonged period of time. i'm sure the japanese government is going to keep a careful watch on the situation. but right now the levels are at a low amount, and drinking this water for a short period of time is unlikely to have significant health impact on adults. jon: we had another physician mn yesterday and he said they should just bury the plants. >> once theee racketers are under control and safely shut down to the extent that is possible then they are likely to be entombed. whether you need a tomb as elaborate as the ones they built around chernoble remains to be seen. they need to get the plants under control if they can before
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entombing them. i think that is their plan at the paoeplt. jon: you think that is possible. >> we will see. the black smoke, the water supply, none of this is good news. compared to what we are seeing last week, we are on a day-by-day situation, on a day-by-day basis this situation was rapidly deteriorating. the news this week is unquestionably better. we are not out of the woods yet but we do seem to be on the way sthao we'll take that glimmer of good news, james acton thank you. jenna: live pictures out of jerusalem now, that is the scene of the first terrorist attack in that city in seven years. at least one person dead, dozens more injured. we now have new word that palestinian leaders in the west bank are condemning this bombing. fox news is on the ground. we'll bring you any new information as we get it a sobering new study about skin cancer. what could put you at a higher risk for the most dangerous type? it may surprise you. that story just ahead.
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jenna: the doctor is in on a new study on skin cancer. you may think that obviously the greater amount of sun exposure that you get that puts you at a greater risk of getting some type of skin cancer. a new study shows that is in fact not the case. the more money you have, the more risk you have for getting melanoma. how does that work? we'll have dr. bruce katz, a professor of dermatology. dr. katz this study was done by stanford university and the cancer prevention institution of california, reputable places. what is your take on this. >> i think this is very valid. we are actually seeing this in our practice every day. young women i think because of higher income they spend a lot of time out doors, spending time
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in the sun, but also spending an awful lot of time in tanning parlors. jenna: tanning parlors are still because of that disposable income a major reason you see people with skin cancer. >> we are seeing it more and more. i had a 23-year-old young lady in my office who spent years in tanning parlors, we just diagnosed melanoma. jenna: there are so many sterotypes about people with disposable income. one of them being they have a lot of education and access to good doctors, and some of the best and most expensive sunscreen out there. you would think that would compensate for having the extra money to tan or go on vacation but it doesn't? >> it doesn't. a lot of people still think it can't happen to me. that's why they go to tanning parlors, they want to look good. a lot of young women are coming in for skin exams because of the fear. jenna: more education, we are seeing more reports or more cases of melanoma. >> oh, yes, people come in they want yearly skin checkups, i think that is a good thing.
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they've been in tanning parlors and they are afraid. jenna: it's counter intuitive to try to do the same thing, go to tanning parlors and a dermatologist more. but i guess that's a good thing. the fda is looking at a drug that they have to approve in the next couple of days if it's going to get approval. it's a pill you can take for a certain type of melanoma. it's supposed to help your immunity system fight off cancer. some people are saying this is really a blockbuster drug, what do you think about that. >> i think it has great potential. this drug is the first one that has increased survival in people who have mark etastatic melanoma. we haven't had effective treatments for people who have had the disease. this is one of the most deadly cancers. and it's certainly a deadly skin cancer. jenna: do you have any idea on how much something like that would cost. >> i think it will be very expensive. but i think people with the
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disease will pay for it. jenna: thank you for coming on our show. thank you very much. >> thank you. jenna: jon. >> charlie, do you want me to go away? is that what you want? jon: she gave us iconic movie moments like that one "in the last time i saw paris" a glamorous star, oscar-winning actress, pine nearing aids activist, and now the sad news that elizabeth taylor has passed away. she had been hospitalized in recent we be. she died at cedars-sinai medical center in los angeles of congestive heart failure. she was 79 years old. a live picture now of the flowers laid on her star along
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hollywood boulevard. adam housley is live for us with more in los angeles. >> reporter: she was a tabloid and tap rat zi tape h paparazzi. at one point she was con dimmed by the pope, condemned on the house of representatives on the floor. at the same time she was beloved by america for her marriage to richard burton. that is probably the man that is most recognizable when you talk about her leading men, everybody from mickey raopb knee and richard burton. three oscars she garnered, two of them for who is afraid of virginia wolf, one for butterfield 8. an hopb rareee oscar was the third. cleo path that was the most expensive movie made in all times.
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the recent situation she had been dealing with, she had been in the hospital nor six weeks and it was said she was going to recover from this and return home. that did not happen of course as she passed away this morning. one thing to keep in mind too is her films with richard burton at one pointy kwaeuted to half of hollywood's total box office take for the year. that just isn't seen any more in hollywood. they were really the brangelina couple before that came into our current vocabulary. we have a statement from michael wilding, her son. he says my mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest with great passion, humor and love. though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and dear we will be inspired by her enduring contribution to the world. in lieu of flowers they are asking people to give money to the elizabeth taylor's aid foundation. she did come out in support of aids research very early on. she was really a person that
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came out in favor, in strong support of aids research, also supporting the gay community for a very longtime here in hollywood. she had been using a wheelchair in recent years due to chronic back pain. she had broken her back a number of times. she also had hip replacement surgery. she had an operation for a benign brain tomb over the years, skin cancer. had been through a lot. been very close to michael jackson in recent years. we are starting to hear some of the comment come out from hollywood, you'll see more flowers put on that star in hollywood. we'll have more updates for you throughout the day as hollywood remembers a legend and one of the greatest who has passed away. jon. jon: hard to believe she is gone. adam housley, thanks. jenna: brand-new developments on the first terror attack to hit jerusalem in some seven years. that deadly explosion ripping through a crowded bus station and now police hunt for the suspect. we're live on the scene. the massive healthcare overhaul
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one year later and the controversy far from dying down. new fears it could impact the president's re-election. we're going to go in depth on the politics of it all coming up. ?c
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jon: there are new questions looming a year to the day after president obama signed the healthcare bill into law. the american people remain divided over that massive overhaul raising democrat's fears that healthcare will look a light anyone rod in the president's re-election campaign. chris stirewalt is fox news digital politics editor. chris you wrote an interesting piece about this today. we'll tell people how to read this a little bit later on. i like this line in the middle of it, you say while the administration planned to woo
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voters with freebies and a barrage of ads starring andy griffith the law is still an unknown quantity, the goodies were simply not good enough. >> reporter: that's right, jon if you remember a year ago democratic strategists were touting the fact that the major components of this law won't be going into effect until 2013, or 2014. they were sort of laughing saying, great we are going to put the good things up front. 26 years old get to stay on their parents insurance. extra medicare money for senior citizens. those things come first. the tough stuff, the insurance mandate, new fees, taxes and other things are down the law. jon: cuts in medicare for instance. >> reporter: a half a trillion dollars in cuts to medicare. those things were delayed. they thought they had a pretty good political strategy. if you look at what's gone on in the past year there is reason to question that. one of the biggest reasons, that line that you pointed out was that people don't really know
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what is in the law. people don't know much about the law . when you see polls that say that a fifth of americans are undecided about it, what that demonstrates is that there is core opposition but general uncertainty. and with all of these things looming out in the future it's hard for the president to demystify or tone down concerns because nobody really knows what it is. it's out there floating in the ether. jon: my email box has been bombarded today with press releases from primarily conservatives who who are using this anniversary as an opportunity to blast what they call obamacare. >> reporter: that's right. a year ago it was the democrats making the most noise about this law. today it's republicans, because what they see is a tremendous opportunity to take this uncertainty and take the nagging doubts about the law and drive home the points that they want to make, and those points include the fact that cost estimates for this continue to go up. the estimates for what it's going to cost individuals to
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carry their own insurance continue to go up and there are a lot of mounting questions about whether or not this thing is even going to be put into place. states are resisting and we know about the case that is pending at the supreme court. uncertainty surrounds this law and rather than looking like a politically savvy move now it starts to look that maybe it was a misstep. jon: took 14 months to get it passed, hard to believe it's been a year since the president signed it into law. chris stirewalt thank you. you can get politically powered up each and every day with chris' power play, log onto click on the the politics tab up there in the top bar. jenna: here is another big story for you border patrol agents busting a very devious plot. 13 illegal immigrants arrested sneaking into the u.s. disguised as american marines. how did they do it? how long has this been going on? we have so many questions and some answers ahead. also japan's nuclear crisis threatening to affect folks in the u.s. the fda now halting some food imports from japan. we'll tell you what to watch for
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jen a fox news alert, as we reach high noon on the east coast, new reaction to the first terror attack in jerusalem in several years. we now can confirm one person dead, more than 35 people injured. u.s. defense secretary robert gates now calling it a, quote, horrific terrorist attack, this after bomb tore through a crowded bus stop. israeli police have blaming the attack on palestinian militants. rinna ninan with brand new picture the -- pictures and details from the scene in jerusalem in a moment. we have another fox news alert, word just in that u.s. tomahawk missile missions have essentially ended in libya. those are the big missions that kicked us off into this no fly zone. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now", so glad you're with us, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott, that news coming from a senior u.s. defense saying there are no plans to fire
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tomahawks -- tomahawks thrls they're needed. jennifer griffin has the latest. >> reporter: remember the tomahawks cost $1.5 million apiece to fire. now i'm told as of last night there were no tomahawks fired overnight and they do not plan to fire any more unless something changes dramatically. as one u.s. defense official told me, there are cheaper means to enforcing the no fly zone and taking out air defense systems. they will use air strikes if they need to, that's a lot cheaper than firing the tomahawks. we also have reports about the u.s. air strikes in the misurata area overnight, there were air strike necessary misurata, as well as south of misurata, on what i'm told were maneuver troops and tanks, ammo -- ammunition dumps in the area and we're seeing reports from the ground that qaddafi forces have been pushed back from mirata. those were u.s. air strikes that took place last night, i'm told. we have details out of europe about a new political
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umbrella being formed with coalition members, members of nato, as well as members of the -- arab league members and african union members, they have been invited to london next tuesday to meet as a political body but we understand the compromise with france is now that nato will be in charge of the military operations, likely i'm told that the headquarters for that operation will be in naples, italy, where nato already has a headquarters. there are a rot of u.s. commanders already based there. but it l. i'm told, -- the command of the mission is still slated to be handed over by tuesday of next week, the same day the political leaders will be meeting in london, jon. jon: jennifer griffin reporting live from the pentagon for us, jennifer, thanks. jenna: right now in jerusalem one person is dead after a bomb blast at a crowded bus stop, dozens others injured. earlier, israeli police literally shut down the holy city because of this, searching for the suspect who we hear left that bomb at the height of the
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afternoon rush. rita n -- reena ninan is live with more of the we understand the city streets with reopened. who are police blaming for this terror attack and where is this investigation headed? >> reporter: that's right, jenna. you can see the traffic picking up behind me exactly where that explosion took place. the police are searching right now for a suspect. they don't have one in custody but they are looking for a suspect at this hour. we do know according to israeli security forces they have made arrests of palestinian militants in east jerusalem and the west bank. it's unlikely the suspect or suspects are among them. this is a way for them to garner intelligence to find out clues as to what may have happened here. you know, this also could be a result -- it's not necessarily islamic or hamas jihad as you think about as culprits when this happens, it could be a response that in gaza, there were four palestinian civilians, children among them, that were killed yesterday by israeli mortar fire, israelis going after palestinian militants,
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firing mortars, in return, more than 60 over the weekend, jenna. jenna: we're looking at the video of the chaos at the scene there, reena. was there any intelligence that was suggesting that this was going to happen, any sort of heads up? >> reporter: no. that's what security and police here tell us, that they didn't have any idea or intelligence that this was coming. what's interesting, jenna, three weeks ago in the road from jerusalem to bethlehem, there was an explosion, a bomb that went off, that took off the hand of a palestinian jerusalem city worker. you can believe that police will be looking into the connection to see if there was one with that bomb and the one that went off in front of the bus that took the life of one woman that we are hearing unconfirmed reports right now, that that woman who was killed may have been an american citizen, jenna. jenna: reena ninan on the developing story, the first terror attack in jerusalem in seven years. reena, thank you. jon: japan continues to battle its nuclear nightmare. engineers at the crippled
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fukushima plant forced to evacuate today after smoke was seen rising from one of the damaged reactors. temperatures, we're told, are extremely high, creating a dangerous situation. in the meantime, high levels of radiation from the plant now found in tokeo's tap water. david krisante reporting on the phone from global radio news in tokeo. david. >> reporter: yeah jon, it was a mixed day at the fukushima nuclear plant. the bad news, the plant had to be abandoned because black smoke started rising from the number three building, however, workers were able to spray tons of water on recan'tor number four. the moment, they're working on reactors number one and three, and one and three have a temperature of more than 680 degrees fahrenheit, the towers -- the cooling systems have been suspended for a day and are expected to resume tomorrow. jon: and if they do get the
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cooling system up and running, that's obviously going to be good news in terms of keeping these temperatures down. >> yeah, that's right. and there hasn't been any extra leaking of radiation. one would assume if they're able to get temperatures down, that that leaking of radiation would reduce even further. this is good news living close to the area because the government warned them the areas in tokeo, and the areas around fukushima, tap water has been increased in the level of iodine. it's difficult to understand how worrying it is for residents like myself living in central tokeo, because it's quite vague to say that water should not be drunk by children but the water is okay for adults because it will not cause immediate health risks. it's a bit unexplained as to whether prolonged exposure could have any effect on adults, particularly breast feeding mothers or those planning on having children
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and as a result of this, there was a rush to buy bottled water, supermarkets reported that water sold out half an hour after the announcement. when people couldn't guy water they bought other bottled drinks instead. jon: what about the containment vessels, does anybody know what kind of shape they're in 1234. >> -- they're in? >> no, it's difficult at the moment. they have the specialized vehicles which are pumping water accurately into the areas where those reactors are being held, so the pump in some of the reactors are three times the amount of water that is in the pool holding these reactors. that water doesn't look like it's escaping so it's assumed the water is going into the full level, but i guess there's all the attention on the reactors is taking attention away from those that survived this disaster. rescue efforts are continuing to be hampered by freezing temperatures, the vast damage to infrastructure, there's no gas or tryst in these areas and food and water is still
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desperately needed by the hundreds of thousands of people still being made homeless and living in shelters throughout the disaster -- disaster area. jon: this crisis happened so quickly and it's going to take years for it to recover. david, thank you. jenna: that story closer to home, seriousny questions ao new questions today after a bold group of illegal immigrants are busted near san diego oavment listen to this. authorities say they were wearing, these immigrants or illegal ailen, they were wearing u.s. marine uniforms, they were riding in a van with an altered u.s. government license plate. you have to question how they got these items. william la jeunesse is live from los angeles. william. >> reporter: illegal immigrants routinely steal americans' identities and social security numbers to get jobs, but these guys went a few steps further, impersonating a group of marines. now, this happened not in an official port of describe but a border patrol
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checkpoint, interstate 38, 30 miles south of san diego, where they pull over your car and ask questions, 13 illegal immigrants and two americans accused of smuggling them all wore u.s. marine uniforms and were traveling in a u.s. government van with u.s. official government plates. the official noticed something odd, on the license plate the zero had been altered to look like an eight and all the guys had the same name tag, perez. he pulled over the van, all 15 men inside had the camouflaged uniforms and caps and an official at the marine corps station in yiewma told me the license plate had been stolen from one of their trucks a few weeks ago, the van itself had been stolen from a california resident. homeland security has deport ed 11 mexican nationals, three more are being held as witnesses and the two u.s. citizens have been arrested for alien smuggling. the agency would not confirm reports that it confiscated additional military uniforms
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and shoulder stripes. homeland security officials say this is a new one. they've seen illegals dressed as construction workers and utility workers, hidden in car seats and dashboards and cement truck, they've even tried painting border patrol insignias on the suv. didn't do anything. the services are looking into whether this was an inside job or whether these guys bought the uniforms off the internet. marines have also put out an advisory, jenna, that they should watch their vehicles more closely. jenna: unbelievable. william la jeunesse with that incredible story, thanks. jon: you don't want to make the marines angry. jenna: don't mess with them, right? >> jon: no! the u.s. and its allies putting a lot on the line to help the people of libya but exactly who are the rebels trying to topple qaddafi? jenna: we'll ask that question coming up. from bravo to the "happening now" hot seat, entrepreneur and author bethany frankel is here.
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jenna: brand new air strikes in libya, this time in and around the rebel-held city of misurata, this city under seige by qaddafi forces now for days. the overall goal of the mission? to stop the libyan dictator from cracking down on civilians, from attacking his own people, and to support the rebels pushing for democratic change. but who exactly are the libyan rebels? here now, phillip mudd, a former cia counterterrorism analyst and fbi intelligence adviser. so phillip, who are the rebels? >> i think when we look at libya in the past, when i was at the cia, we worried about people like the islamic fighting group and then libyan kids who showed up on the battlefields of iraq. my sense, though, is that what we have in this case is a popular libyan uprising, that is, citizens,
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disgruntle -- disgruntled tribes and people who didn't like the qaddafi regime but were part of it before and have switched sides. we have a general revolution going on here, i think. jenna: is it more appropriate to call them revolutionaries? >> i think so. you're talking about the top ling of a regime held by a man for 40 years, and my guess is there is limited opportunities for things like parties to form and what you don't have that civil society you're going to have a general group of people who represent tribes, disgruntled citizens who have flipped sides and are trying to figure out how to come together in if lu a revolutionary council. jenna: the -- the saying is the deafit that you worry about is the deafit you don't know. >> we have atyrant who killed american citizens in europe, who gave his citizens no chance for a voice in government. we don't know what will come afterwards.
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we can guarantee there will be moments that will be difficult. but if you're trying to stand in the way, and we're a democratic society, of a democratic uprising in favor of a tyrant who's been around four decades, i think that puts us on the wrong side. jenna: here's what qaddafi has said about the rebels, he started off at the beginning of the unrest calling them grocery rats out on the streets. i'm putting that in viewers' minds because he went from calling them rats, to his son calling them gangster, armed militia and terrorists, and that word terrorist has been used time and time again and it raises questions at home about what opportunity this gives terrorists to take control or have a role in libya. so are we buying in to qaddafi's prop gand yarks or is that really a risk? >> i think the risk is low short-term. i think it might rise longer term. using the word terrorist, he's looking for sympathy anywhere he can find it and he's grasping at straws. short term, when you have a popular uprising like this,
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if it's successful, the terrorists are going to have a much more difficult time recruiting kids in that culture because these kids may now have a voice in government or at the very least the radicals will be reluctant to provoke problems with the population longer term, in tunisia, libya, if this fails down the road, three, four, five years, people say there's still corruption, we can't find a job, then i think we have a risk once again of terrorists finding recruiting grounds. jenna: and it's hard to predict the outcome at this point, on the our vantage point we're sitting in. just a final question. we hear so much about what's happening behind the scenes, about who's talking to who or who qaddafi could be tataking to. what insight can you give us based on your background about what is actually happening outside of our purview? >> my guess is if you look in the back rooms, there's some conversation with some element of libyan bureaucracy. it might be disgruntled bureaucrats, i don't know, but if you go back to the decade before 9/11, in europe and the united states you have people that talked
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to the libans because we had cooperation on terrorism. the kind of people in qaddafi's government like mukususa, these are the kinds of people we spoke with after 9/11 so the chance that there's no avenue of communication i think are relatively low. i got to believe somebody is talking to somebody. jenna: you give us valuable information on this subject. we look forward to speaking to you again, thank you. jon: seems it couldn't get worse than qaddafi. interesting. a nuclear problem thousands of miles away is raising problems in the united states. take a look at this picture. japanese farmer dumping and baying milk tainted by radiation. now the fda is taking action right here in the u.s. jenna: unbelievable images out of japan. also unbelievable video out of syria. coming up, details on the latest attack on this very closed country, why the white house is now concerned about iran and its possible role in the unrest, coming up.
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jenna: a fox news alert for you now on this developing story: we're just getting news about the bassiveo massive bp disaster in the gulf. >> reporter: the federal investigation has now said it thinks it knows why. investigators think they know why the blowout preventer failed. remember, that was the device they were looking at all along last april when that platform exploded in the gulf. it should have capped and locked in place to prevent a spill in case of an explosion. that was the safety valve, if you will. but for some reason, it didn't work. and now what's being said, the federal probe said there was a trapped piece of broken drill bit that somehow got lodged in the wrong place and kept that
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blowout preventer that working. don't know how that fits yet into all of the entire investigation, responsibility and all those questions, jenna, but that is just coming out. and we are nearing the anniversary, april 20th, of that disaster that killed 11 men and left at least 17 others injured. but this news now, a federal probe finding that a trapped piece of drill pipe kept the blowout preventer from properly saleing to stop the oil from gushing to those many months until the middle of july until they could get a handle on the leakage. jenna: we'll keep everyone updated on that investigation, harris. thanks. jon: there's blood in the streets of syria right now. security forces there launching brutal attacks against antigovernment protestors. this latest violence, taking place at a mosque in belrah, six -- in daraa, six people reportedly killed by a,
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quote, armed gang. the white house is raising new questions about iran and whether it's playing a role in some of the unrest across the middle east and north africa. peter brooks is former deputy assistant secretary of defense and senior fellow at the heritage foundation. that is said to be the key worry as the white house tries to formulate a response to all of these uprisings in that part of the world. is it helping or hurting iran? >> well, i think iran is taking advantage of the situation, jon, there's no doubt about it. we had reports recently of them sending arms into afghanistan, there's a belief that they may be having increasing political influence in iraq, they may be behind the unrest in bahrain, they may be behind some of the unrest in yemen, they've gotten their hands back into lebanon, they're backing hezbollah, they're backing hamas, so yes, i think iran is trying to take advantage of the situation, the unrest there, trying to support either shia or other causes that push -- that puts the united states in a
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very precarious position in the middle east. jon: but the counter weight to iran right now is saudi arabia, right? why don't the saudis seem to be taking a greater hand in countering iran's influence? >> i think they are playing a role. but i think it's a very quiet role. i don't think they want to raise their head up very far. but of course they did send troops into bahrain last week, remember that? so they are playing in some ways a visible role, but i think they are pushing back. there's been a proxy war going on between sunni, saudi arabia, and shia, iran, for quite some time now, but the saudis are much more reluctant to raise their visibility on these issues. jon: in your view, does president obama's willingness to get involved in this no fly zone over libya, does that in some way counter iran? >> well, iran is not -- wasn't very active in libya and in fact they supported the uprising against gadhafi, there's no love lost between iran and libya. it's not quite clear now, jon. we need to know what the political strategy is for
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these military operations in libya but the united states has to be activist in the middle east to push back on growing uranium influence because there's been no talk about the nuclear program but the cent centrifuging are producing at the speed of sound and producing uranium. there's a lot going on and we have to be careful about our interests as iran rises in that part of the world. jon: some observers said qaddafi was crushing a rebellion violently and the same way that the iranians have done, and that by sending this very powerful message to qaddafi, the administration and nato are sending somewhat of a strong message to iran. do you buy that? >> well, i mean, that's a possibility. you could argue that. but i think we missed our opportunity back in 20 09 when we had a very strong uprising in iran and the president demurred ton and decided not to be resupportive of them at all. and the iranians have cracked down and we're seeing the same thing in syria today. so the chances of that
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happening, i think the iranians think it will be more of a bluff, and that the likelihood of a no fly zone over iran is very unlikely for this administration. jon: this uprising in syria is absolutely astounding. i can't think of when i've seen those kinds of protests in my lifetime certainly. >> not syria. syria has been under emergency law since 1963. they are a very oppressive authoritarian state and people in that country do remember in the early 19 # \on/zeros, i think it was 1928, when asad's father went into hamas and killed tens of thousands of people in an uprising there. so this is a very prepressive police state and you have to be very gutsy to take up even rhetorically against the syrian regime today. jon: peter brooks, peter, thank you for your expertise. >> thank you for having me. jenna: well, exactly one theor to the day since president obama signed the health care bill into law, what's the impact on doctors and patients?
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sunsweet ones. over 400 million enjoyed, and counting. martha: a spring snowstorm causing a huge mess across the northeast pwa. new jersey one of mantoday. new jersey, for example. rick is in the weather center. come on, rick it's almost april. >> reporter: the key word almost. over a foot of snow in wisconsin. north dakota, parts of minneapolis 7 inches of snow. a little bit more to be had across the far northern plains. most of what will be falling around the next 24 hours is at cross areas of the northeast. some of these areas like the poe
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pokonos, and the cat skills. moderate risk for severe storms issued could be dealing with tornadoes by later on this afternoon. certainly hail and wind damage. folks in this area need to watch. you see the snow falling across the northeast, this is going to continue as the line of storms pulls through and it will begin to taper off in places like wisconsin and over towards michigan. look at california, this picture hasn't chained much ove changede last couple of weeks. threat of heavy rain, mudslides and no, it's almost april. martha: thank yojenna: thank yo. jon: light the birthday candle healthcare reform is a year old today, it's raising new concerns for a lot of americans exactly one year after president obama signed it into law. experts believe we will see a shortage of healthcare
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professionals as a result. could this affect your next trip to the doctor? let's judge jim angle in washington. >> reporter: well adding 32 million people to the rolls of those with health insurance will have less meaning if they can't get a doctor, and many warn the u.s. is facing a huge doctor shortage. listen. >> and that is going to tremendously put tremendous pressure on the system to handle all the new people that are enrolled. >> reporter: there are many factors at work, first ten thousand baby boomers retire every day and seniors use more healthcare. second, many of those boomers are doctors themselves and analysts say nearly a their of likely to retire in the next ten years. and all that is on top of the new healthcare law which aims to expand coverage. one analyst said it's like giving everyone free bus passes but there are only two buses, listen. >> if you cover them all it gives them the pass. but then you then have to connect that to a workforce
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solution that appropriately provides that access of care to them. >> reporter: the combination of factors result in a significance shortage of doctors. they say by 2015 the shortage will be more than 62,000. by 2020 a shortage of more than 91,000, and by 2025 a shortage of more than 130,000. one other aspect of the healthcare law is that half of the 32 million who gain insurance will go into medicaid, healthcare for the poor which already reimburses so little that many people cannot find a doctor, listen. >> the solution is going to be longer waiting lines. medicaid pays so little in many states that people simply can't find a private physician to see them. >> reporter: this is one of the least examined pre percussion -gs of the new healthcare law. there are provisions to help those training to be doctors. medical groups question whether they are enough and warn that lee duesed reimbursements in
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medicare can make it harder for seniors to find a doctor too, jon. jon: an interesting take on all of this. jim angle, thanks. jenna: fox business alert we'll take a look at what your money is doing today. the dow kind of a quiet day, it's up about 20 points. i want to mention to you that oil is trending higher right around $106 a barrel. we just were showing you video of some housing. the new home sales, plunging last month to a record low, to nearly 17%. sales of brand-new homes a smaller segment of the market because most people buy homes that have already been lived in. facilities numbers are way below expectations. here is a startling example for you in the northeast new home sales are down 50% compared to last year at the very same time. when we talk about the economy we've talked a lot about japan's potential effect of its disaster on the world economy. now we are seeing it impact the united states in a new way.
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the u.s. food and drug administration says it will halt imports of certain types of japanese produced food and screen others for radiation before they are sold to the american public. david lee miller is live across our new york newsroom with this story. >> reporter: as a precaution federal officials say all milk products and vegetables that are grown or produced near the damaged fukushima nuclear plant will be temporarily blocked from entering the united states because of concerns of co contamination. they say radiation has seeped into the food, in milk, water and spinach. japan's foods are 4% of all the foods imported into the united states. japanese milk products of one tenth of one percent. the fda says it is closely monitoring shipments of seafood for radiation. according to the agency's
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website quote the great quantity of water in the pacific ocean rapidly and effectively dilutes radioactive material, furthermore the fda says due to infrastructure damage japan's export activity is described as severely limited. the agency also says, it is monitoring radiation levels here in the united states and it says that the theoretical models do not indicate that there are significant levels or that significant levels will not reach the coastline or affect u.s. fishing water. jenna: a story we'll continue to watch. david lee miller thank you. jon: jenna you know what they say about a woman scorned. jenna: what do they say, jon scott. jon: you don't want to mess with a woman scorned. a 92-year-old neighbor just wanted a kiss. when her 52-year-old neighbor said no, she blew up and shot up the house. three bullets hit his bedroom, his car as well.
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now helen is in some trouble. jenna: he deserved it, come on. jon: joining us on the phone is the public information officer from florida. what kind of trouble is she in, judge. >> right now she is sitting in the marion county jail facing a $15,000 bond. she is facing serious charges. aggravate he assault with a deadly weapon, so at one point or another she will have to go before a judge again. than. jon: i've heard the neighbor on tv say that she kind of had the hots for him, is that accurate. >> that's pretty much what he's repeated more than once to media folks and our investigators. he said that in some kind of way she was enamored with him although he was doing a lot of neighborly things. he was taking her trash to the curb.
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jon: she said he she wanted a kiss, he said i'm sorry i have a girlfriend and she pulled out a gun? >> not at that moment . when he refused to kiss her he did get a little bit more aggressive and said, get out of my house. he used some words there that i can't use on national television. get out of my house. she then went to her home which is less than 5000 feet away. retrieved a .380 semi-automatic weapon, came back according to witnesses and popped off some shots, at least one shot went through a window shattering the glass and some of those glass fragments landed on him. one bullet actually went into his beloved car, and of course the two other shots went into the home. jon: has helen been in trouble with your department before? >> no, to the best of our -pbl she haknowledge she has not. at 92 years old she does not have a record with this agency. jon: well we hope she stays out of trouble in the future. i guess that her daughter is
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talking about bailing her out if she can make the $15,000 bond. judge dock ron, marion county, florida, thank you. jenna: it doesn't matter if you're 92 or 19, rejection hurts. it doesn't mean you pull out a gun, but it still hurts jon scott. jon: let me not ever cross you, okay? [laughter] jon: because a woman scorned. jenna: you never know what is going to happen. from a granny packing heat to a beauty queen shooting an intruder dead with her, guess this pink .38 caliber handgun. a burlye con barged his way into her home. she grabbed her home shooting albert franklin hill several times. cops are still investigating but believe the robbery was a motive in this. brown's fiance says he bright that gun for her last christmas. he says she wasn't a good shot at the range, but things change, you know. jon: she took care of the
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intruder, that's for sure. jenna: wink gun. jon: a pharmacist tpaoeults back when a someone holds up the drugstore. jenna: we have bethany frankel. go to "happening now" and ask some questions of bethany. okay, team! after age 40, we can start losing muscle -- 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time.
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megyn: i'm megyn kelly. who exactly are we helping in libya. disturbing new tape and evidence suggesting it may in large part be al-qaida. is that who we want to risk american lives for? we investigate. an arizona lawmaker outraging
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some by reading a letter on the state senate floor calling hispanic students gangsters. that lawmaker is here live as many are calling for her to apologize. and the department of justice is suing an illinois school saying it should have allowed a muslim school teacher to make the pilgrimage. now the former attorney general of the united states under president bush is weighing in saying this is a blatant political move by eric holder. see you at the top of the hour. jenna: time for the hot seat. we know how tough the economy is especially for those looking for work. we thought it might be nice too take a break and talk to someone who started a business, a very successful business from scratch and made it a big, a real big deal. bethenny frankel told her skinny girl brand to the liquor company of beam global, of jim beam whiskey.
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you had to start with an idea, that light bulb moment that got you started. what was that moment when you decided this is what you want to go after. >> i'm a woman i like a cocktail, i always wanted a margarita, i would drink something that was low calorie and tasted like nothing. i created the recipe to have the margarita, and not have the guilt. somebody asked here what what it was, i said it's a skinny girl marguerite tafplt i have an ear and eye for something that might be marquetteable. i said this will be a really good idea. jenna: you weren't an he can perfect on alcohol creation besides liking cocktails. >> i knew nothing about the business of liquor, and it's a very, very male-driven business and it's big business, and i did present the idea to many liquor companies that all didn't like the idea, and i talk about in my
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book "place of yes" acting on it. instead of walking away i decided to do it myself. a lot of the companies came up with competitive products and i ended up creating a category for skinny cocktails. jenna: bill you're not a woman who likes cocktails but you saw this pwr-pbd and said this is a good idea. you are amongst friends, if you discovered this by watching reality programs on bravo you can tell us. >> we actually did it because we thought she came up with an outstanding brand. when you think about the megatrends that are going on with people want things that are simple and easy to do, and they want low calorie and bethenny's product went after all of those. jenna: to do any sort of deal right now there is a lot of uncertainty. >> there is. one of the great times you have to do a dial is in this kind of environment. people look for innovation and things that are new and different and exciting to reengage them particularly when the economy is coming out of a bad time. jenna: you're not talking about
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how much this deal is worth. >> not doing that. jenna: i had to ask. bethenny what is your role going forward. one of our viewers had the question. she wanted to know about trademarking skinny girl and how you're able to keep your hand in the brand. >> it's a great question. the reason we partnered and it was such a great combination is that i wanted to be part of the brand. it's my brand i am the skinny girl, and so we are going to be working together creatively and on marketing and on flavors and sizes and the whole role out. it has to still be my baby because it is, and my fans need that from me. as far as the entire skinny girl brand there will still be all different types of product that are not alcohol related all practical solutions for women which is what i aim to do. jenna: do you call yourself a skinny girl, now, i mean bill. >> i'm trying. jenna: is this part of an attempt. jenna: maybe skinny dude. jenna: skinny girl and we cross it out and put guy. we may have started a brand-new idea right here.
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we have a lot more questions for you specifically about your business and how you're doing it all. we will get to that coming up. more questions nor bethenny, go to slick on "happening now," we'll get those questions and talk about them after the break. [ gasps ] [ rattling ] [ laughing ] [ announcer ] close enough just isn't good enough. - if your car is in an accident, - [ laughing continu ] make sure it's repaired with the right replacement parts. take the scary out of life with travelers. call or click now for an agent or quote.
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jenna: time now for the hot seat back with us best selling author and bravo star bethenny frankel. she is out with a new book "place of question." this is a big deal for you, one of the biggest accomplishments. >> it's probably my greatest work accomplishment. it's very emotional. my fans said to me, how did you success in business and in your relationship and how did you get there. it's a way to repay my fans all they've given to me, support and advice.
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we've gone through the journey of my life and career together. this book helps you to get everything out of your life. it's not about always being in a good mood or being happy. it is about plowing through it, and you know you can get it. jenna: one viewer wants to know how you take the first step, what is the first step you need to start a small business. >> the first step is the light bulb that i had with the skinny girl margarita. it should be fairly simple, solve a problem and you should be able to understand exactly what it is and who it affects and who your customer is and be able to say it in a sentence. jenna: was there a key person that helped you along the way. >> it's funny because i had my booksigning last night and someone said, did i have a mentor. i really didn't. i feel like i should make someone else. i'm always pretty honest. i didn't. i'm very analytical and had my
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own ideas about who i wanted to be. jenna: as you move forward in the business world there are a lot of questions and challenges out there. one viewer had a question about how once you have that idea how do you keep things fresh, how do you move forward after having the skinny girl margarita, how do you move past that. >> a brand is such an over used word. a test of a brand is all things adhere to that one line. a brand is something that you could state what it is in a stkepbsentence and you know thet decision and what t to do because they all adhere to that line. it has to be simple and clear-cut, like i said not just solve a problem but stand for something. in my book i talk about owning it and that it should stand for something. jenna: what do you think your brand stands for. >> practical solutions for women. it's all a very simple solution to a problem that i and women have. jenna: delores had this question
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about balance. if people watch your show they know that you are a new mom you got into this new marriage as well and you have all these new things happening. how do you balance all of that? >> you know i don't think that most of us women do balance that wellment i think we take on a lot, we beat ourselves up when we take on too much. sometimes saying no is saying yes to yourself. i say no to a lot of business things because i want to be with my husband and baby. i find balance that way. i'm never going to have perfect balance. i aim for a good night's sleep to be able to put one foot in front of the other and you just sort of get it done. i feel like we are much more productive when we have a lot going on and you keep moving forward. jenna: are you happy? >> i am really happy. jenna: congratulations with all of your success. we hope to see you again here. >> thank you. jenna: jon. jon: our must-see moment of the day is coming up, armed robber versus pharmacist who wins this battle? it's ahead. hey, pete.
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